SUBLIME filling of the popular-cultural no-man’s-land between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with a set of short but charming mini-documentaries on a handful of erstwhile childrens’ TV favourites too old to still be ‘on’ but too recent to be properly nostalgised over yet: Tiswas, Play School, Vision On, the Smallfilms ouvre, Crackerjack, an odds-and-ends collection taking in Bill & Ben/Trumptonshire/Fingerbobs/Captain Pugwash/Mr Benn, and most infamously of all, a startling look back at the rivalry between Blue Peter and Magpie, peppered with guarded inter-presenter verbal barbs and hinting at all manner of shadowy The Fourth K-esque management power struggles behind the scenes. No wonder Noakes and Shep were so keen to ‘Go’! Packed to the ‘white void’ studio rafters with original contributors and bizarre anecdotes about stolen Teds, incinerated Mintons, foul-mouthed Clangers, New York taxi drivers shouting ‘COMPOST CORNER!’, ‘baby bump’-concealing scenery, Hamble-torture, Gilliam/Yellow Sumbarine-emulation, Leo Sayer fuming at theft of trademark ‘perm’, hypothermia-afflicted future Doctor Whos, backstage Play School joint-toking, and sticking two fingers up at Noel Edmonds, and with nary a second-rate standup doing that counting an imaginary ‘witty’ list off on their fingers thing in sight, this was – in a very real sense – what they want. Not to mention inspiring someone, somewhere to upload a handful of Fred Harris JPEGs…Read More
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- In 'PICK OF THE POPS', Applemask says: "Richard Pryor wasn’t that bad. Really, what would we do without you?"
- In 'Mother, Jugs and Speed ', THX 1139 says: "I remember being surprised at how nasty Bill Cosby was in this compared to his nice guy persona in his sitcom. Maybe I shouldn’t be so..."
- In 'Mother, Jugs and Speed ', George White says: "Keitel worked with another black comic – Ronda Fowler in Clockers. Fowler, a BET regular worked with a Andrew Rottkamp on her show..."
- In 'Lost Islands, The', George White says: "Not to be confused with Fantastic Journey, or Falcon Island or Children’s Island. Katie Ross made a British short called United World,..."
- In 'Stud/Bitch, The', George White says: "My mum saw it in the cinema. there are shorts called bitch (with a red black and white gialloish cover) and the pack by the mary sue website fan..."